Army Announces Permanent Station at Schofield Barracks

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS (KHNL) -- The Army announced Tuesday to permanently station a Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Schofield Barracks.

The Army's decision followed its full review of the final environmental impact study, which examined basing options for a Stryker Brigade.

Senator Inouye said he is pleased with the Army's decision.

"I am confident that in making this decision, the Army has carefully evaluated and weighed our national security needs with concerns for our unique environment," said Inouye.  "We can and must find a balance between preserving Hawaii's natural and cultural resources, and our need to make sure our brave men ad wome in the military have the training they need to fulfill their missions."

The 2/25th SBCT will conduct training at a number of training areas in Hawaii including Schofield Barracks Military Reservation, Dillingham Military Reservation, Kahuku Training Area, Kawailoa Training Area, and Wheeler Army Airfield on Oahu and at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Island of Hawaii.

"We look forward to providing the best possible facilities, training support and quality of life for the soldiers and families of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team," said Col. Matthew Margotta, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Commander.

There are about $250 million worth of construction projects on Oahu and Hawaii which the Army can complete to support of the 2nd SBCT and other units training in Hawaii.